On our way, between Lockhart and Austin, on a 4-lane highway [although with centre stripes only and without a median], two police cars with flashing blue lights passed us, going in the opposite direction, followed by a long line of cars – all with their hazard lights switched on – and everything, absolutely everything on our side of the highway drove to the right and stopped. I didn’t have the faintest clue why, and when I asked Mary, the solution of the mystery was: it was a funeral procession on their way from the church or funeral home to the cemetery.
And then I realized it again that I had experienced that several times before, but within city limits, here in Karnes City as well as in San Antonio: a funeral procession on its way from the church and/or from the funeral parlour to the cemetery is escorted by police cars and/or motorcycle policemen and has the absolute right of way. The policemen at the head of the cortege e.g. close crossings and/or intersections to cross traffic, even if there are traffic lights there, so that the funeral procession has absolute right of way. And this happens as well within city limits as outside. And overtaking a funeral procession is also strictly taboo.
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- Freakishly Long Funeral Processions I-696!!! (987ampradio.cbslocal.com)